WINNIPEG - Convicted sex offender Graham James surrendered to police at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Wednesday and was whisked to Winnipeg, where he has been wanted on nine charges of sexual assault.
"I think there's one less predator on the street and he can't hurt any more kids," said former NHL star Theo Fleury, one of his accusers.
Police in the Manitoba capital issued a short news release saying the former junior hockey coach was arrested "through mutual agreement" and remains in custody.
No additional details will be released, they said.
The warrant, issued earlier this month, listed allegations from three new complainants that date back several years. They include Fleury, who has published a tell-all autobiography alleging that James abused him starting when he was 14 years old.
The other two complainants can't be named because of a publication ban.
Fleury was pleased to hear that James is once again behind bars.
"I understand that it does take a while to put an investigation together, put charges together and whatnot, so I'm pleased at this point with the result of what happened today," he said from Toronto. "We'll just keep moving forward and trust in the legal system that we'll get justice."
Fleury added he is prepared to testify if the case goes to trial.
"I'll do whatever it takes from here on in ... to make this come to an ending."
James, who coached the Moose Jaw Warriors, Swift Current Broncos and Calgary Hitmen, pleaded guilty in 1997 to hundreds of assaults on two teenage players, including former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
He was quietly pardoned three years ago, news which caused an uproar when it was revealed by The Canadian Press earlier this year.
The federal government has since said it would crack down on pardons. The Prime Minister's Office had no comment about Wednesday's arrest.
James's last known address was in Guadalajara, Mexico, and his lawyer said last week that his client was committed to addressing the new charges.
"Mr. James, as indicated before, has been and continues to be wanting to be co-operative with authorities — and will be," Evan Roitenberg said at the time.